"A fascinating work that allows the reader access to the private lives of the Makelys and the trials and tribulations they faced over the course of Wesley's imprisonment. The book covers not only the productino of prisoner-made jewelry and discussions on exchange and sickness, but also delves into how prisoners dealt with the day-to-day boredom of imprisonment. Well worth the read and a must for researchers of both Civil War prisoners of war and the Southern home front."
--H-Net Reviews: H-CivWar
"Skillfully infuses personal letters, vast examples of archeological evidence, and government records to produce an informative and fascinating window into the experiences of Civil War POWs."
“In the extensive use of archaeological evidence, the study breaks new ground... it takes the study of Civil War military prisons in a direction that no other scholar has.”
--Northwest Ohio History